I am a 41 year old mother that has suffered spinal issues for 10 soon to be 11 years. I have DDD,
Fibromyalgia, Herniated Disc, Bulged, Torn Disc, as well as Arthritis. Spinal Fusion Disc Replacement, Titanium Rods and screws.
In 2002 I lifted my son into a playpen and the best way to describe what I felt was an electrical shock of some sort. That day changed my life. Long story and tons of details left out, I had every treatment I could to try to relieve the pain. After two years of suffering through horrible pain, and scared to death of surgery, I gave in and was told I had to have a laminectomy. I was told it was a fairly simple procedure, and I would be normal again afterward. Let's just say that day still hasn’t come. I have suffered, and suffered. Throughout the years, the problem brought about other issues. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2006 and unexpectedly became pregnant with my youngest son later that year. He had colic for a year to the point no doctor could help him, all he did was cry. I had to carry and lift him throughout that entire year. In 2008, my left leg and foot went numb. I became severely depressed. I have been to Chiropractic, physical therapy, Epidurals, Tens Units, Neck decompression, Cortisone shots, Acupuncture, as well as many other homeopathic treatments. I cannot explain the amount of pain day in and day out it was working full time trying to support my children and deal with this all over chronic pain, as well as the horrific pain in my back every day as well as my neck. My hands became horribly numb, as it’s taken me to come back and forth to this forum entry at least six times to type. It got to the point I couldn’t work full time at all. I lost everything I have worked so hard to have. My home, my business, my truck, all my savings trying to make up for the lost amount of work, my 401k plan, and retirement, as well as my dignity.
It has been a living hell.The Fibromylaigia is horrific each day to live like this is insanity.
I pushed on until I honestly couldn’t take it anymore in January 2010 I stopped working 100%, and in July 2010 my entire left side went numb, I could no longer walk. I decided I was going to have another surgery obviously every doctor I was seeing (and there are 4 in my team) said (It's time). I saw two top surgeons. I went with Dr.. Reginald Davis which is the most sought after neurosurgeon in Maryland and on the East Coast. He told me I waited entirely too long and the DDD was very bad, that my disc L$ was gone completely and was smashing my sactic nerve making my entire leg and foot so painful and numb, causing me not to be able to walk. I can not describe the depression I was and am in. On Sept. 27th 2010 I underwent a spinal fusion, disc replacement, titanium rods and screws. Cut front and back during an 8 hour surgery. They cut me in the back to try to correct nerve damage as well as scrapped 1.5 hours of arthritis and scar tissue out from the first surgery.
I woke up in agonizing pain. The recovery was horrible. I had thought I knew pain....Dear God!.
I had to wait 12 weeks to even start Physical Therapy. In December I faced the music that I would never be able to work again. I couldn’t stand, or sit, or be in any position for more than 10 minutes without being uncomfortable. I was coming back from the Disability Attorney and was at a red light 4 months out of this huge surgery. I was at a complete stop and was rear ended by a truck which totaled my truck and did extensive damage to my entire situation with my back, the impact was huge and the disc above my fusion actually bulged. The accident also herniated and tore disc in my neck which caused the CTS to worsen terribly. I am trying to get Disability and it looks as if my home will be up for sale date within 60 days. It is beyond the worse time in my life. I pray I get the Disability as I need it more than you can imagine.
I just wanted to vent through and with those who have gone through this type of pain and life. My boys are the only thing that keeps me going.